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What makes white dog hair turn red/pink?


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elizavixen
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 16, 2004 1:53 am    Post subject: What makes white dog hair turn red/pink? Reply with quote

And how do you fix it?

My dog's hair has turned pinkish (reddish in some areas) on their belly and around their mouth. My older dog has had it awhile but now the puppy is getting it. I bathe them semi-regularly (about 2 x a month ). Just wondering why it happens and if I can get it to turn white again.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 16, 2004 2:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

In my area we have red dirt which turns my husky red. Could this be the case in your area? Just wondering I am sure you would have thought of that already. Hope someone comes along with an idea!
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 16, 2004 10:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

elivixen what type dogs do you have? I have an AES mix and when I first got him he was all white no color at all, but it seems like everyone now and then he will get a new tiny "biscuit" colored spot on his back, but his stomach is pink, but the skin not the hair. It is weird bc most people who look at him only see white they don'T see these little patches I see! I guess I stare at him too much!
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 16, 2004 2:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Its not the dirt.

They are St. Bernards. Their skin is pinkish too. I just can't figure out why it is turning the hair pink.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 16, 2004 2:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

it could be the dog shampoo, when i clean dogs sometimes it has a chemical effect on the fur.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 16, 2004 3:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know what your talking about. Light colored poodles get that. Usually starts around their mouth/face and paws. It looks like they are rusting! I've always wondered about that too. Anyone? Eh?
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 16, 2004 3:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmmm. I know black cats can "rust" and also white fur commonly turns yellow-y. Could it be diet related somehow? Or try a different shampoo? Do they really need to be washed that frequently?


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 16, 2004 4:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My Pekingese is white on her belly and she has the same problem. But as soon as she gets a bath it goes away. So I am assuming it's just residue.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 16, 2004 4:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

white poodles go brown.lol. umm yeah look at what your dog could be doing all day that could have an effect.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 16, 2004 4:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jake my yellow lab gets this in the summer except his is a rust color. The vet says it is caused by moisture and overgrowth of yeast from being in the water so much, come winter it goes away


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 16, 2004 4:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK, from what I have been able to find out.... slober & diet are the culprits. Dirt too, depending upon your geographic location. Found a cool site at http://showdogs-l.com/index.htm that gives tons of show hints and they have a section called "SDL Coat Whitener Survey Results". Some interesting (some a little frightening!) hints for keeping white coated animals white.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 16, 2004 4:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

wow, thats interesting.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 16, 2004 4:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://showdogs-l.com/index.htm
maybe it work like this?
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 16, 2004 6:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I guess it could be diet with my older dog (she gets Pedigree b/c it is the only stuff she'll eat) but the puppy right now is on his allergy elimination diet (ultra expensive) so I don't know if that is it for him.

Of course we have lots of slobber but that doesn't explain it being on their belly. My older dog is not big on cleaning herself. <--- That is why she needs frequent baths. Smelly. The puppy has to get them rather frequently too b/c he is a poop eater .... a very messy poop eater (gets it all over his legs, etc).

I may try some coat whitener shampoo. But does anyone know what would happen if I get the whitener shampoo on nonwhite hair?
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 16, 2004 6:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hmm, does anyone know how well that stuff really works?
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 16, 2004 6:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

check my earlier post for that website- It gives a lot of advice on coat whitening and these are from people who show dogs so maybe they have already done the homework for you.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 16, 2004 6:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

lol, thanks.

btw can i steal ur avatar. lol. jk.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 16, 2004 6:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I suppose I can share... the avatar that is!
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 16, 2004 6:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

haha lol. but you have nothing else to share, me on the other hand i have but im not going to. lol.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 16, 2004 6:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I called a groomer, she said most dog foods have red dye in them. When the dogs eat it, they of course pick up the dye! DUH
Then they lick them selves, spreading the coloration.....

If your area is has Iron ore in the ground, not necessarily a large ammount, then that in turn will also turn your dogs colored.
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